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Intel Developer Forum To Focus On IoT And VR

By Victor Thomson , Aug 16, 2016 03:47 AM EDT
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Intel is leaving PCs behind to focus on VR and IoT at Intel Developer Forum that is taking place this week.

Intel Highlights At IDF 2016

According to PCWorld, personal computers (PCs) were for decades at the center of Intel's business. However, this has lately changed and the high-tech company is not focusing on PCs anymore.

Personal computers are no longer viewed as a priority by the company. Artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and self-driving cars are becoming now the fields of interest for Intel.

This is the message that tech analysts expect Intel to deliver at Intel Developer Forum, starting on Tuesday, August 16. Unlike the past years, Intel will not present a lot of laptops and desktops running upcoming processors. The attendees at IDF will most probably be able to try instead AR and VR headsets, check on cool wearable devices, see robots roaming the floor and drones fly around.

At IDF the chip-maker will also show field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that are reprogrammable processors for cars, servers and IoT devices. Intel will also show Remote EyeSight, its own version of Microsoft HoloLens. Other VR and AR announcements will focus around its RealSense 3D camera that is able to measure distances, recognize objects and track gestures.

Intel Changing Priorities

Until recently, PCs have been the main focus of Intel's operations. But the shrinking PC market has pushed the company to change its priorities.

In April, the high-tech company changed its business strategy. Intel has started to rebuild itself around the fast-growing markets of Internet of Things (IoT) servers and connectivity.

The change in Intel's business strategy has been a painful decision. The company had also to make changes in its operations and production facilities. As part of the restructuring, it has to lay off 12,000 people. Soon after, Intel also decided to give up its pursuit of the mobile chip market that cost the company billions of dollars.

According to USA Today, last week's purchase of Nervana Systems will support Intel's aim to achieve a much stronger presence in the emerging market for deep learning applications. Over the next decade or so, deep learning can help benefit many fields, from autonomous driving to digital personal assistants to scientific discovery 

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